Comments for Royal Dutch Shell plc .com News and information on Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:42:29 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on VICTIMIZATION OF EMPLOYEES RAMPANT AT SHELL-MOTIVA NORCO SITE by leftnthedust Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:42:29 +0000 I worked with Jo since she came on site. I did my job diligently. Always kept my post organized, excelled at my job duties, and always did more than I should to help someone out. While she was there, she would always have the supervisors pass down information by word of mouth and when you requested that she put it in writing it was always an excuse or procrastination involved. She is the reason I was fired because she felt challenged/threatened by me or what have you. On my paper I received when I was fired she put poor job performance. Now, before she got there and while she was there I was always thanked, appreciated, and “patted on the back” by other employees and even other outside professionals. Now I’m not saying I’m perfect but how can you just fire someone because you don’t like the fact that they will not bow down to you or kiss your butt. I enjoyed everyone I worked with…. Except her.

Comment on Shell Blog by Guest Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:24:45 +0000 You really are a sensationalist. A crane failed and a container fell. The appropriate actions were taken. Nobody was injured, no asset damage occurred. Shell took actions to evacuate non essential persons. Yet you still sensationalise it on your site.
You really are a very sad person.

Comment on Shell Blog by Zik Gbemre Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:06:30 +0000 September 30, 2014


The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), which is a Nigerian offshoot of The Royal Dutch Shell Plc, has been operating in Nigeria for over five decades and still counting. And Delta State, can best be described as one of its main operation areas that habours its Western Division operations. Shell’s first real exploration in Delta State was a gas well in Erumukhowarien (around where we currently have Beta Glass), in Ughelli East which started in the late 1950s. But despite its over five decades exploration and production activities that started in Delta State from here, Shell did not meet up with the expectations of the host communities’ locals, as expected of an International Oil Company (IOC).

Today, every host community where Shell has ever operated in the land areas of Delta State, there is clear marked anger amongst families/locals who make up these land host communities, towards Shell and everything that concerns Shell as an IOC. Even though, Shell had Divested its interests and has left the land areas of Delta State, the anger from the host communities locals in these land areas still persist towards Shell.

This ‘anger and hatred’ towards anything Shell amongst families/locals that make up direct land host communities in Delta State, is born out of the pathetic and deplorable legacy that was left behind by Shell. Among other things, such legacies include years of environmental degradation and pollution of farmlands and fishing rivers; acquisition of ‘farmlands’ (which is the peoples economic lifeline), without appropriate ‘compensation’ to address the locals future; discriminatory employment opportunities, and where there are employment of locals, it is usually “casualized” (i.e restricted to casual labour); execution of Community Development projects/Programmes that are never sustainable; inappropriate and neglect of spills etc. Also, Shell host communities’ locals in the land areas of Delta State are seen by Shell, to only be good for ‘minor’ contracts like pipelines/flowlines surveillance, grass-cutting, housekeeping services, etc.

Looking at all the direct host communities in the specifically land areas, which include Utorogu-Iwhrekan, Otor-Udu and Otu-Jeremi; Ughelli East Communities of Erumukhowarien and Effurun-Otor; Ughelli West communities of Ekakpamre and Uvwiamughe, and many other direct communities like Olomoro, Uzere, Kokori, Evwreni, etc, the locals of these communities cannot boast of having any of their indigene who has occupied or is occupying a Managerial Position in Shell. Even when you look at the few ones (in the midst of many) employed in Shell, you cannot see one indigene of these Shell direct host communities listed above, that has risen to a job group 4 level. That has been the pathetic situation sustained by Shell in relation to its host communities’ locals in Delta State where the company has operated for over five decades now. In fact, this has been the situation right from the inception of Shell operations in Delta State till date.

Even with the creation of Sustainable Community Development (SCD) in Shell, whose duty is to look after the direct host communities, the situation has been aggravated and made worse by its cry for budgets that were demanded by these host communities. Worst still, these direct host communities cannot boast of sustainable pipe bone water and electricity supply. Whereas, in the operational yards of Shell Offices within these direct host communities, they have uninterrupted and stable power supply and pipe bone water, among other fringe benefits. Most times you see Shell Yards ‘beaming with lights’ while their surrounding direct host communities are in darkness with nothing to show forth as oil/gas host communities.
Even where few Community Development Projects/Programmes exist with direct host communities, they are left to rot away without any sort of maintenance structure/system on ground. Some projects like school blocks and laboratory blocks are observed not to be equipped for proper usage. We have many Shell projects like the Osubi Market Stores, which was built over 20 years ago but have been left to rot without proper use. Most of these CD projects were just built by Shell through PMC (Project Management Committees) and GMoU (Global Memorandum of Understanding) schemes that only end up enriching some community individuals through the collaboration of Shell personnel.

The so-much-publicized and talked about GMoU for instance has been carried out by Shell without ‘sincerity of purpose’. Since its inception in Shell’s Western operations area, the GMoU initiative has brought nothing but crises, confusion and conflicts amongst direct and indirect host communities in Delta State. This is simply because the GMoU initiative was designed to “short-change” direct host communities, as they are haphazardly clustered by Shell to breed confusion and conflicts, while at the same time enrich some individuals in the system. The direct host communities for instance, are clustered with indirect host communities thereby creating a whole lot of problems for all stakeholders. The GMoU initiative and its clustering attribute, has made indirect host communities that do not have real Shell facilities/assets to benefit more than the direct communities which have functional and ongoing (Divested) Shell projects/assets and facilities in the land areas of Delta State. For example, the only real direct host communities in Ughelli South 1 Cluster, which include Iwhrekan, Otu-Jeremi and Ekakpamre, are not benefitting from the GMoU initiative funds. Rather, it is the indirect host communities that are benefitting more from the implementation of the said initiative that is fraught with fraudulent activities.

For proper understanding, direct host communities as used here refers to communities that are the direct host to (Divested) Shell’s oil wells, gas fields, oil and gas facilities and exploration and production facilities/assets, while indirect host communities are communities whose only bearing of being called host communities is tied to them having pipelines passing through their communities.

Speaking of direct host communities, as a result of the environmental pollution created by Shell during their oil drilling, gas exploration and pipeline construction activities, etc, these host communities have been exposed to all manner of ‘insecurity issues’ unjustly. That is why we believe the SCD in Shell should be asked to explain why these direct host communities were neglected by Shell for so long before their exit from the land areas in Delta State? The SCD in Shell should be held accountable in this area because the livelihood and socio-economic life of the locals of these direct host communities have been paralyzed. Their fishponds and fish-farming activities have been destroyed; their farmlands have been acquired with ‘peanuts’ by Shell for oil and gas exploration and production activities. What Shell usually paid as “compensation” for lands acquired for their oil and gas exploration and production activities were never enough to take care of the future of locals directly affected. In fact, these so called ‘compensations’ and ‘Land Acquisition Monies’ often paid by Shell to direct host communities cannot be said to last even for a week for the said locals concerned to cater for their socio-economic needs.
With this sort of practice, how then would stakeholders in the industry judge Shell’s talk about Sustainability? Is there anything “sustainable” about their style of short-changing the direct host communities in Delta State, and the Niger Delta area as a whole? How can Shell be talking about sustainability when the ‘socio-economic future of its direct host communities ‘locals’ are never factored in Shell’s future plans and operations?

This was why we were irked recently when a report by Rachel D’Oro of the Associated Press titled “SHELL, ALASKA NATIVES TO SHARE IN OFFSHORE DRILLING PROFITS, noted how a worthy Shell initiative in Alaska positively engages host community locals as ‘partners’ to share directly in the oil and gas bounty of their coast. An extract from the said report reads: “An Alaska Native regional corporation and six Native Village corporations signed an agreement with a Shell Oil subsidiary Thursday (7/31) that aims to share the profits from offshore drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast. Shell and the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. announced the formation of a new company called Arctic Inupiat Offshore LLC. Its participants include six village corporations on the North Slope. The agreement with the Shell subsidiary, Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc., gives the Alaska Native company the option of acquiring an overriding royalty interest from Shell’s drilling on leases in the Chukchi Sea.” And according to the Shell Alaska Vice President Pete Slaiby. He said the agreement also underscores Shell’s commitment to provide opportunities for the communities.

The report also noted that “Shell’s decision to invest in the future of the region and its people should be applauded,” Murkowski said in a statement. “This announcement ensures that the people of the North Slope Borough share directly in the oil and gas bounty off their coast. It also gives locals a say in what happens near their communities.”

We could not but wonder why Shell would do what they are doing in Alaska but fail to do same in other countries and places like the Niger Delta region in Nigeria? For instance, on the Divestment of Shell (SPDC) onshore assets in the Niger Delta region, Shell initiated this process which according to them, was to help grow local capability. Oil blocks in Shell’s Western operations in Nigeria were sold to mostly Nigerian companies who were in partnerships with foreign funding and technical partners. Neither the host Delta State Government nor local communities were considered in these as partners, and this generated a lot of community backlash with threats from local state communities to block operations. Why did Shell not consider direct host communities’ locals as ‘partners’ that ought to continue benefitting from the natural resources of their lands and coasts?
Now, Shell has left these direct host communities in land areas of Delta State in the name of Divestment; leaving in their trial legacies of ‘sub-human’ living and socio-economic conditions for the locals to contend with. Having given up their farmlands and fish-farms (acquired with peanuts by Shell), which are their main economic activities, the locals of these direct host communities have been degraded economically and exploited financially; leaving them in abject poverty and environmental squalor. Shell has left all their operations in the land areas of Delta State, and has abandoned the direct host communities’ locals to their fate with nothing to compensate for their relinquished farmlands and fish-farms.

When Shell came into these direct host communities, they took 90% of the people’s economic livelihood in form of their farmlands and fish-farms, and had given them peanuts in return, without consideration whatsoever about the peoples future. Where will these direct host communities go from here after these afflictions? How will they sustain their socio-economic wellbeing and that of their future generation when their farmlands and fish-farms have been either acquired by Shell (before the company exited the land areas of Delta State) for their (now divested) oil and gas business, or the environment have been grossly impacted by Shell’s exploration and production activities? How will direct host communities like Iwhrekan, Otor-Udu, Otu-Jeremi, Erumokhowarien, Effurun-Otor, Ekakpamre, etc, whose lives and economic wellbeing are tied to the ‘operations of the extractive industry’, take care of themselves and that of the future of their children?

Sustainable Development that does not factor and take care of the socio-economic future of the locals cannot be said to be Sustainable Development.

Zik Gbemre, JP
National Coordinator
Niger Delta Peace Coalition (NDPC)

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Comment on Shell Blog by Relieved Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:05:40 +0000 To Alyeska1: I am certain you are correct about having a former Fed in the fold. It is my guess that is why Shell’s former Chief of Global Security left a few years ago, a fellow by the name of Garcia, and an ex-FBI type. These guys don’t have divided loyalties and have signed USGloyalty oaths that endure for a lifetime.

Comment on Shell Blog by Relieved Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:17:26 +0000 To LondonLad:
The world does not end and begin with Shell and so when better opportunities arise it is foolish not to take advantage of them. Besides, we all know Shell is not nearly the company it was once, not by a long shot. I have no regrets and I have done far, far better than I would have if I had stayed with Shell.